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October 17, 2019


  • Open Range Wyoming Launched
  • Presenters Sought for Social Studies Workshop
  • "I Voted" Sticker Contest
  • Wyoming Women's Suffrage Documentary
  • Wind River Artists Featured on PBS
  • National Native American Heritage Month
  • Democracy on Film: Portraits of America
  • Uncovering America: History and Art
  • Poetry Out Loud
  • Wyoming Arts Summit
  • Wyoming Adopts Second State Song
  • CommonLit
  • Solving Sustainability Challenges
  • Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM Contest
  • Geoscience Webinar
  • Computing Award for Female Students
  • Science Lesson Plans Sought
  • Film Contest Highlighting Harmful Algae
  • Amazon Rainforest Academy
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The Wyoming Department of Education WDE) launched its Open Range Wyoming website, an Open Education Resources (OER) platform dedicated to developing and sharing materials from around the state and the world. OERs include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. A video offers an overview.

The resources developed and shared to Open Range Wyoming are aligned to Wyoming Content and Performance Standards and will be added to the platform hosted on OER Commons.

Contact Alisa Cook at 307-777-3679 or


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The WDE seeks presenters to offer professional development to social studies teachers on January 9-10, 2020 at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. The training should offer teaching materials and resources that can easily be adapted into the attendees’ classrooms. 

Presentations are welcome that address all six of Wyoming's social studies standards.

If you are interested in presenting, complete this form.


Two women from the 19th century holding a sign that reads, "Votes for Women"

Deadline extended through October 31, 2019

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in Wyoming, the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office launched an “I Voted” sticker contest.

Junior and senior high school and college students are welcome to submit entries. The sticker will be used prominently during the 2020 election cycle.

Entries must express a message related to voting and women's suffrage.

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A new Wyoming PBS documentary, "The State of Equality," explores how Wyoming Territory passed the first law, on December 10, 1869, recognizing women's right to vote and hold office.

Screenings of the film will be held on the 150th anniversary of passage, December 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Cheyenne Civic Center, the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, and in Jackson at a venue to be announced. Watch the trailer.

Cartoon from the 20th century depicting a woman holding a torch and walking across the United States with women reaching out to her


Depiction of moccasins, Native artifacts and a painting

"The Art of Home: A Wind River Story," a film about Wind River artists, premieres on Wyoming PBS November 11 at 8 p.m. and repeats November 15 at 8 p.m.

The documentary examines the role of artistic expression in the past, present, and future of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. Produced by Jordan Dresser and Audrey Long.

Watch the trailer.


Image of Native flower topped with a traditional sun image and face, typical of the Kwaguilth Tribe

On August 3, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution declaring November as National American Indian Heritage Month, often referred to as Native American Heritage Month. 

For educators, a variety of resources are available to engage students in related activities. Among them:

  • The National Museum of the American Indian's Native Knowledge 360° Essential Understandings offers new possibilities for creating student learning experiences. 
  • The Wind River Education Project is a series of Wyoming PBS videos and lesson plans about the history and culture of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people.
  • offers a number of articles about Wyoming’s indigenous peoples, plus “digital toolkits” that serve as lesson plans on a number of American Indian topics.
  • “Two Nations – One Reservation” is a pop-up exhibit on the history of the Wind River Reservation from Wyoming Humanities.
  • The Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers school programs and resources for teaching Plains Indians history and culture.
  • Also, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) released a report summarizing the landscape of efforts by states to bring high-quality educational content about Native peoples and communities into all classrooms.


Image of Sally Field and Barbara Baxley from the film Norma Rae

The Film Institute is offering free movies and lesson plans to help students read a film on three levels: as a narrative document, a cinematic document, and a historical/cultural document.

The Portrait of America curriculum’s interdisciplinary approach challenges students to tap their knowledge of civics, social studies, and history, as well as their knowledge of literature, science, and the arts, to read non-print texts.

The first three of eight modules, The Immigrant Experience, The American Laborer, and Civil Rights, are online now.

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Thomas Hart Benton painting, "The Departure of the Joads" showing a family leaving a farm in the 1930s in their auto

What does it mean to be an American? Discover compelling stories of creativity, struggle, and resilience in resources for K–12 educators from the National Gallery of Art, featuring works of art that reflect the richness and diversity of the people, places and cultures of the United States. 

Encourage creative, critical, and historical thinking in your students as you examine works of art from the country’s creation to the present day.

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March 2-3, 2020 in Cheyenne

Poetry Out Loud is a free national program offered by the National Endowment for the Arts. Students in grades 9-12 learn about great poetry through recitation and performance, helping develop and improve their public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and discover a love of poetry and the written word.

State competition expenses are paid by the Wyoming Arts Council for educators and high school finalists. The state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National Finals on April 27–29, 2020. The state champion’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up receives $100 and his or her school will receive $200 for purchase of poetry materials. 

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November 7-9, 2019 in Cheyenne

The Arts Council’s bi-annual summit is an opportunity for individuals to come together, learn from one another, and empower the state’s creative sector.

The summit offers professional development sessions for artists and arts advocates, administrators, and educators, and will highlight many of Wyoming’s talented visual, performing, and literary artists. PTSB credit available.

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Sheet music for the song Wyoming by Annie and Amy Smith

Since 1955, “Wyoming,” words by Charles E. Winter and music by George E. Knapp, has been the official state song of Wyoming. House Enrolled Act 52 of the 2018 legislative session established a second Wyoming state song: “Wyoming, Where I Belong” by Annie and Amy Smith.

District use of these songs aligns to music standards in the K-12 Fine & Performing Arts Standards and Social Studies Standards.

A video of “Wyoming Where I Belong” is available as is sheet music.


Common Lit

Back-to-School Literature Resources (Grades 3-12)  

CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3-12 classrooms. 

Search and filter the collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard to build your literature library for the new school year.


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Deadline: December 16, 2019

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship invites young entrepreneurs to think big and come up with ideas for addressing some of the most critical issues facing humanity. Anyone aged 13 to 24 is eligible. The competition is online and free to enter. 

A total of $21,600 in cash prizes will be awarded in the Fall 2019 competition cycle. The top-scoring idea in each category takes first place and wins $1,800. 

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Deadline for applications: October 23, 2019

Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow contest encourages public 6-12 grade teachers to submit a STEM project idea based on a problem teachers would like their students to solve for their community. 300 schools will share $3 million worth of technology and classroom materials.


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A recorded webinar for science educators is available from Achieve Inc. and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Achieve's Matt Krehbiel offered a presentation on changing worlds and the resources Achieve developed in the past year as part of its ongoing work to support science educators.

The presentation is based on the research of the Framework for K-12 Science Education.


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Deadline: November 5, 2019

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors 9-12 grade girls for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions.

Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. 

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Achieve's Science Peer Review Panel is seeking submission of materials for review, particularly Earth and Space Science, and kindergarten materials. The review panel is an elite cohort of educators with expertise in the Next Generation Science Standards and the EQuIP Rubric for Science that reviews lessons and units to determine the extent to which they are designed for the NGSS.

Lessons and units that are rated by the panel as Examples of High Quality NGSS Design, Examples of High Quality NGSS Design If Improved, or Quality Works in Progress will be publicly posted along with the criterion-based EQuIP feedback.

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See it bloom, give it room logo for Environmental Protection Agency contest

Deadline for applications: January 3, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency is calling on high school students to help promote awareness of harmful algal blooms through creative filmmaking as part of the EPA's See it Bloom, Give it Room contest.

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are overgrowths of algae in water bodies that can affect water quality and aquatic life. Students are encouraged to make an informational video about 1) How to spot harmful algal blooms, and 2) How to be safe around them.  

Winning individuals or teams for each state in the EPA's Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions and two regional tribal winners will each receive a $2,000 cash prize. Two grand prize winners will also be selected to receive $4,000.

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Two teachers hiking across a rope bridge in the Amazon Rainforest

July 1-11, 2020 in Peru

The Morpho Institute's Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest provides professional development designed to transform student learning. Immersed in the Peruvian Amazon, teachers learn about this key global ecosystem while building their ability to engage students in scientific research, engineering design, cross-cultural connections, and stewardship projects. Field workshops support NGSS 3D learning, STEM, 5E and more.

The fee of $2,695 includes pre-departure prep, a resource kit, and in-country land costs (airfare is not included). Scholarships of $1,250 are available. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2020. 

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